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Free Trade Cheats Americans

RJBJr Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:47 AM
Fletch. Wrong. Phyllis is correct! There is a big difference between manufacturing and service jobs. Read Adam Smith. He'll explain it to you. And, BTW, Phyllis is not advocating protectionism. US manufacturers can compete through innovation and a new system of rewards.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 10:41 AM
Maybe you had better try RE-READING Adam Smith (who never said any such thing) and then grasp that we have learned a tremendous amount about economics since then because the nonsense that there ios a "big difference" between manufacturing and service jobs has been empirically disproved so many times that literally no one with even the most tenuous grasp of basic economics even attempts to make such an absurd claim anymore.

And the alternative to free trade is protectionism by definition. At least make the effort to greap these concepts before making such folish statements.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 10:21 AM

RJRJr, you better re-read the column. The service jobs point was minor. "Free Trade Cheats Americans," she says. She says "finally their [free trade] dogma is cracking." Yeah, read Adam Smith. Do you make your own shoes?

Perhaps I react because of too much exposure to Schlafly's nonsense, but I assure you she is wrongheaded about trade and jobs.
The re-election of Barack Obama hasn't done anything to make more jobs available to Americans, and there is no indication that it will. America now has 23 million people who want a full-time job but can't find one.

Obama doesn't think American citizens or businessmen create jobs. His Jobs Czar, Jeffrey Immelt, recently said on a television interview referring to China, where he has outsourced General Electric's light bulb plants, "state-run Communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works."

In his first presidential debate last year, Obama claimed that passage of free trade agreements with South...